Lockdown should be eased IMMEDIATELY there's no reason to wait until June 21, says expert

RESTRICTIONS in place due to Covid-19 should be eased immediately, one expert has stated today.

Professor Angus Dalgleish said there's no reason for the government to wait until June 21 to lift the remaining rules.

Earlier this month some coronavirus restrictions were lifted – allowing Brits to go to the pub outside, return to the gym and visit all non essential shops.

The next step in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown is set to go ahead on May 17 – with hospitality being allowed to open up indoors and overnight visits permitted.

If cases remain low then Mr Johnson said all restrictions should be able to be lifted by June 21.

But Prof Dalgleish, consultant oncologist, who was one of the signatories of a letter calling for the Government to end coronavirus restrictions, this morning told Good Morning Britain that they should be lifted right away.

He said: "In my own professional capacity, we have people who've struggled and carried on with symptoms of cancer, too worried to come in to the hospital to get treatment, and now it's progressed further and their outlook is even worse."

He added: "We've got tens of thousands of cancer patients who should have been diagnosed and treated, with a much better outcome."

It comes as:

  • Boris Johnson ‘shelves Covid passports plans for pubs’ after Tory backlash & looks to reopen foreign travel & nightclubs
  • UK secures 100million Covid jabs in latest deal after vaccine maker binned talks with EU over bloc’s red tape
  • Brits in their 30s set to be offered Covid vaccine by early May as rollout’s next phase starts
  • UK daily Covid cases HALVE in a month with 1,712 infections and 11 deaths in past 24 hours
  • Covid cases plunge to ‘lowest level since pandemic started 13 months ago’, new UK data shows

Millions of Brits have now received either a Pfizer/BioNTech jab, Oxford/AstraZeneca or a dose of Moderna.

Over 33.6 million have had a first dose and 12.5 million have had a second.

The next stage of the vaccine rollout has started today with Brits over the age of 44 being asked to come forward for their jabs.

If the current rollout continues at this pace, Brits in their 30s could be offered a jab as soon as next month.

Many people though, still do not have a vaccine and one expert said people need to keep this in mind as restrictions start to ease.

Devi Sridhar, public health professor from the University of Edinburgh, told Good Morning Britain: "We still have a lot of unvaccinated 40-year-olds, 30-year-olds – these are people who are still at risk of serious illness.

"I find it astonishing that, while there's anti-lockdown protests in Britain, we're seeing across the world absolute carnage in terms of lives being lost outside hospitals because people can't get care."

She added: "People want to go to places and do want to enjoy their lives, but they want to do it safely because I think in general the public understands this is such a serious virus and you don't want to acquire it at any age.

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